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General Frequently Asked Questions
First interview free?
For your first visit we offer a thirty minute free interview. This allows you to discuss your legal matter without fear of receiving an unexpected account in the mail. At this interview we may give you preliminary advice on your matter including an estimate of costs so you can decide how you wish to proceed.
How do you charge?
Our usual method of charging is on an hourly rate. However for specific tasks we will often give an up-front estimate and keep within that so that there are no unpleasant surprises at the end of your matter.
Estimates rarely change once the work has started, and then only when something unexpected happens or the scope of work you would like us to do increases for whatever reason. We will let you know if something like this occurs so you are aware of this before incurring any additional costs.
For most work we will prepare a written costs agreement so there should be no confusion about fees and costs before we start doing any work. You are welcome to discuss this agreement and if necessary make changes to ensure you are completely happy with the fee arrangements from the outset.
(N.B. we make no charge for preparing a costs agreement even if you then decide not to go ahead.)
What if I can’t pay now but can pay when my case is finished?
There are always some cases where you are confident of receiving payment once the matter is finished but the problem is paying for it to reach that point. This can happen in property division cases, such as after the breakdown of a marriage or de facto relationship (including same sex relationships).
Another common situation is when applying for probate if you are named as executor in a Will, or working out what to do when someone dies without a Will.
In such cases we can discuss an arrangement where we delay payment of our fees until the end when money is available to pay for the case.
While it is always best to meet us face to face if we are to represent you we are happy to respond to e-mails. Please visit our Contact page to submit an online enquiry or email us at firstname.lastname@example.org